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Longtime Berkeley clerk steps down

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Berkeley County Clerk John Small tendered his resignation this week after more than six decades on the job.

Small, 87, was appointed county clerk on Sept. 17, 1971 after joining the county clerk’s office in December 1956.

County Councilwoman Elaine Mauck was sworn in Thursday to replace him, and former County Councilman Dan Dulyea was appointed to fill her seat on the council.

The Council thanked Small, citing his commitment to Berkeley County. Mauck said she appreciated his efforts to preserve the Berkeley County record.  Councilman Jim Whitacre said Small signed his marriage license.

Small is the longest-serving elected official in Berkeley County history and had been elected to his seventh, six-year term in 2016.

In a letter to the council, Small said he’d witnessed the spectacular growth of Berkeley County. He said he has “always strived to provide helpful, honest and efficient service with a smile.”